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Jazz band encourages student self-expression through freeform music

Jazz band encourages student self-expression through freeform music

Taylir Charest, JAG people editor

December 21, 2018


Filed under Special coverage, VOICES

Every day, classes of students meet in the band room to showcase their talents, but a certain group, known as Jazz Band, meets in the band room to explore their creative side when performing music. Junior saxophonist Joey Gillette believes jazz band is special because of the makeup of the group. “Ja...

Blue and Silver bands perform concert at school

Blue and Silver bands perform concert at school

Ben Wieland, JagWire Opinions Editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under NEWS

The band performed a concert on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the school.  The performance, which featured the songs “Accolade” by William Himes, “American Riversong Suite” by Pierre la Plante, “Whispers from the Heart” by Yuji Nomi, “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes, “As Eagles Soar” by James S...

Band adds new percussion and freshmen to their lineup

Band adds new percussion and freshmen to their lineup

Sophia Armendariz, JagWire reporter/photographer

October 23, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Changes affect the band this year with the arrival of new pit percussion instruments and freshmen gaining the ability to join the marching band. The arrival of new percussion instruments, including xylophones, bells and marimbas, to the marching band holds new potential. In competitions, something as s...

Band places third at Emporia State Marching Festival

Band places third at Emporia State Marching Festival

Ben Wieland, JagWire opinions editor

October 4, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The band competed at Emporia State University in the Emporia State Marching Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 3, where the band earned a one ranking and placed third against many other local high school bands. The band performed “The Phoenix” by Fall Out Boy, “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay and ...

Band makes school a more exciting experience

Band makes school a more exciting experience

Marah Shulda, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

August 20, 2018


Filed under OPINION

While I would like to say that I enjoy coming to school simply for the learning experience and classes I take, I have to acknowledge that is not the case. Personally, I rather enjoy walking down the halls and seeing the familiar faces of my friends and teachers. One of my favorite teachers in particular...

StuCo hosts third annual Mr. Mill Valley and raises $300 for the Shawnee Special Olympics

StuCo hosts third annual Mr. Mill Valley and raises $300 for the Shawnee Special Olympics

Ashlyn Windmiller, JAG reporter

March 29, 2018


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

  Students and families entered the Little Theatre on Wednesday, March 28 to watch the annual Mr. Mill Valley competition. The contestants included juniors Jack Matchette, Jack Mahoney, Killian O’Brien and Noah Smith and seniors Conner Ward, Mike Turner, Cody Robertson and Justin Grega. The...

Special traditions bring new spirit to drumline and band

Special traditions bring new spirit to drumline and band

Jordan Robinson, JagWire reporter/photographer

February 26, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

Walk into any basketball game and the sound of rhythmic hits and beats coming from the many drummers sitting amongst the band can be heard. Wait long enough for a break in the music, however, and the sound and sight of attention catching cheers, chants and traditions shared between members of the drumline...

Band students join outside groups to develop as musicians

Band students join outside groups to develop as musicians

Tricia Drumm and Annie Myers

December 27, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

When sophomore Cael Duffin strikes his drumstick against the drumhead on Saturday, Dec. 2, everyone gazes his way. However, he’s not surrounded by his usual Blue 1 class, but rather his peers in his educational band in Overland Park. Other students who are in outside bands can relate to this as wel...

Freshman Jason Kingsbury invests in $3,000 instrument

Freshman Jason Kingsbury invests in $3,000 instrument

Marah Shulda, Jordan Robinson, JagWire photo editor, JagWire photographer

November 12, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Opening his case, freshman Jason Kingsbury pulls out his trumpet and begins to warm up, just like he does every Silver 1 block. He plays through the scales and songs, aided by his professional grade trumpet. Earlier this year, Kingsbury decided to invest in a Bach Stradivarius trumpet, costing ov...

Marching band receives new uniforms after 17 years

Marching band receives new uniforms after 17 years

Elizabeth Joseph and Michael Sandri

September 28, 2017


Filed under NEWS, Top stories

The new band uniforms have finally arrived after much anticipation by members of the band. Unlike the old navy outfits, the new black uniforms are sashless, use jackets that zip in the back and have hats featuring plumes about six inches in height. The marching band wore the original uniforms for 17 years, since...

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